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Two badly burnt in fire on Chao Phraya cruiser

Two people were seriously injured in a fire on a luxurious cruise ship on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok's Bang Phlat district yesterday morning.

Police suspect the fire, which started at about 6.30am on the two-storey boat moored at the Riverside Hotel's pier, resulted from a cooking gas leak and subsequent explosions while staff were preparing meals.

The burns victims were identified as cook Budsaya Chairassami, 44, and security guard Terdsak Kijjawat, 41.

It took fire fighters almost two hours to get control the blaze, which caused slight damage to a nearby boat.






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